Buenos Aires ( Associated Press) – The project of a European Super League is “dead”, its arch rival and UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin sentenced on Thursday over a recent rapprochement effort promoted by its ideologues Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus. .
“The Super League is dead. It won’t prosper,” said the top European football leader before a question to the Associated Press during a meeting with reporters in Buenos Aires, where he is touring.
Ceferin compared the statements made a day earlier to Bernd Reichert, the general director of A22 Sports Management—the Madrid-based company behind the Superliga—who assured that the initiative still stands, albeit with an “open” format and limited There is no 12 Most Powerful Clubs in Europe, as originally planned.
“Did they appoint a new CEO? What can I say, congratulations”, said the head of UEFA. We are here to talk about football and that (Super League) is not football.
The company A22 Sports Management worked with 12 elite clubs from Spain, England and Italy to launch the Superliga in April 2021 with the aim of maximizing their income at the expense of the Champions League organized by UEFA.
The initial assumption of the Super League was that it was an elite competition driven by business motives, marginalizing the most modest clubs and potentially contrary to EU free competition laws.
The original project was set up within 48 hours amid furious backlash from fans and lawmakers in UEFA, as well as in England, where clubs including Manchester City and United were central to its success, decided to pull out.
In an effort to revive the initiative, A22 Sports Management along with Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus – the three clubs firmly behind the project – no longer speak of a closed competition, but of “qualification”, according to German Reichert. disclosed in statements to European media.
The Director-General was also prepared to “initiate an active and extended dialogue with a wide group of interested parties” and confirmed that he had sent a letter to UEFA calling for a meeting.
“I have received the letter, but I did not read it,” confirmed Ceferin. “I’ll answer when I read it.”
The Luxembourg-based European Court of Justice is expected to rule on the Super League case on 15 December. The decision is not binding.